SSCI Calls for Intel Contractor Accountability

New limitations and reporting requirements should be imposed on intelligence contractors, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said in its new report on the 2009 Intelligence Authorization Act.

“Several provisions of the bill are aimed at reducing the overall use of contractors by the Intelligence Community. The Committee believes these provisions are necessary for financial and accountability purposes,” the report said.

One provision, advanced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein with Sen. Feingold, “requires a one-time report to the congressional intelligence committees by the DNI describing the activities within the Intelligence Community that the DNI believes should only be conducted by governmental employees but that are being conducted by one or more contractors [and] an estimate of the number of contractors performing each such activity.”

Another provision, also moved by Sen. Feinstein and other Democratic members, would “prohibit the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from permitting a contractor or subcontractor of the CIA to carry out an interrogation of an individual and to require that all interrogations be carried out by employees.”

Similar requirements were also adopted by the House Intelligence Committee last week (pdf).

The May 8 Senate report on the 2009 Intelligence Authorization Act, which includes many other significant intelligence policy provisions, is available here.

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  1. Mark Eichenlaub May 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM #

    I am quite surprised this isn’t getting more attention. When Democrats campaigned on more accountability and openness I would assume this is what they meant and what got them elected. It would be politically wise for them to remind people of these important steps. Maybe then they wouldn’t have an 18% approval rating:
    http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2008/05/14/approval_of_us_congress_ties_record_lows/4833/

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